What does it mean to say that something is handmade? At El Pintor, handmade means that the hands of the workers are as integral to the final product as the agave that grows in the field, the still that turns agave wine into tequila, the bottle and the label that you see on the shelf. The hands that touch El Pintor Blanco throughout the steps of production are the secret ingredient – the dedication of the workers, their attention to detail, and their commitment to their craft impart an inimitable level of quality that cannot be mimicked by machinery or technological innovations.
These are the hands of El Pintor Blanco Tequila
The Grower – the grower tends to the agave plant throughout its seven year life span, caring for it, ensuring its health, and readying it for harvest.
The Jimadores – it takes four jimadores to harvest the agave and six more to load the truck. Harvesting the agave takes a full morning, from 7am until 2pm.
The Factory Workers – there are about 20 workers at the factory. At the factory, the agaves are unloaded, and the factory workers are responsible for cutting and taking the cogollo out of the agave. Next, they load the oven and cook the agave hearts for three days. The workers then unload the oven, and the agave hearts are crushed, some with a tahona stone and some with a centrifugal press. The grinding process takes one to two days. Next, the fermentation tank is filled. The crushed agave is left to ferment for three days. The workers load the still, turning the agave wine into tequila. The tequila is then filtered before being moved to the bottling line.
The Bottling Line – the final product is bottled and labeled. Quality control inspects the final product, after which it is packaged and sent to your local bar or bottle shop.
From our hands to yours – we hope the story of El Pintor Blanco makes every sip that much more delicious.